City of McPherson

Code Enforcement - City of McPherson



Code Enforcement & Sanitation Officer/Assistant Planning and Zoning Administrator       

City of McPherson                                                                                                           Public Works


POSITION SUMMARY                                                                                                                                 


Under the supervision of the Planning and Zoning Administrator, the Code Enforcement & Sanitation Officer/Assistant Planning and Zoning Administrator is a non-exempt position under FLSA. This position is responsible for enforcing public safety regulations, public codes on health, sanitation, public nuisances, and minimum housing standards and assisting in administering and enforcing zoning and building regulations. This employee is also responsible for preparing and serving legal notices to violators. The Code Enforcement & Sanitation Officer/Assistant Planning and Zoning Administrator should possess excellent organizational, communication, and public relation skills.



·         Prepares and serves legal notices to code violators;

·         Responsible for tracking notices of violations;

·         Researches code violators’ names, addresses, and property descriptions;

·         Investigates complaints;

·         Researches and interprets codes;

·         Fields questions, concerns, and complaints from the general public;

·         Follows department policies and procedures;

·         Follows safety procedures and practices;

·         Identifies and evaluates unsafe structures;

·         With the assistance of the City Attorney and Building Inspector initiates condemnation/repair/restoration of unsafe structures through legal procedures available to the City;

·         Assists in administering the Sidewalk Replacement and Reimbursement Program;

·         Enforces Health and Sanitation related City Codes and Ordinances.




·         Assists Planning and Zoning Administrator with Zoning Code violations;

·         Assists Building Inspector with building inspections;

·         Fills in for Building Inspector in their absence;

·         Assists the Planning and Zoning Administrator in preparing cases, answering questions, issuing & reviewing permits for BZA & Planning Commission, interpreting and revising Planning, Subdivision and Floodplain regulations;

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FLSA:                NON-EXEMPT

ADA:                    APPLICABLE

FMLA:                        ELIGIBLE                                              

KPERS:                    ELIGIBLE





              ADVERSE WEATHER


·         Performs other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.

·        Serves as Planning and Zoning Administrator in the absence of the Planning and Zoning Administrator. Prepares Affidavits when necessary and testifies in court.


Code Enforcement & Sanitation Officer/Assistant Planning and Zoning Administrator


Experience: One to three years of experience in public relations or code enforcement is preferred. Employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within six months of employment.

Education:  A high school diploma or GED is required and a technical degree or some college is preferred. This position requires a valid Kansas Driver’s License (KDL) and must maintain a good driving record. Certification as a Kansas Code Enforcement Officer required or may be obtained within 12-months of employment. One or more certifications in the field of Building Inspection along with related experience is preferred. Employee should become a member in good standing of the Kansas Environmental Health Association. Must have, or be willing and able to acquire, building inspection knowledge and various related certifications within 18-months of employment.

Technical Skills: Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations and codes is required. This employee must be able to operate department vehicles, computers, and other department equipment. The ability to interpret and understand codes and regulations, to prepare reports, proposals, specifications, and to understand written instructions is required. This employee should possess excellent public relation, organizational, oral and written communication skills and be able to anticipate problems. Knowledge of building inspections, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, applicable building regulations and codes are preferred.

Problem Solving: Independent problem solving is involved in this position. This employee encounters problems with citizen complaints, and code violations.

Residency Requirement:  This position requires residency as stated in the latest version of the employee handbook.  

Decision Making: Independent decision-making is involved in this position. This employee makes decisions about resolving complaints and code violations, issuing notices and warnings, and performing daily duties in the safest and most efficient manner.

Supervision:  This employee works with limited supervision from the Community Development Director and from the Building Inspector for building code issues. This employee does not exercise any supervisory responsibilities over subordinate personnel.

Financial Accountability: This employee is responsible for department resources and equipment. This employee does have limited authority to purchase necessary department supplies and equipment. This employee does not participate in the annual budget process.

Personal Relations:  Daily contact with the general public, co-workers, and supervisory personnel, and occasional contact with the organization’s governing body is expected.

Working Conditions: Adverse working conditions exist within this position. Exposure to work in confined spaces, excessive noise, heavy machinery, heights, and adverse weather is expected. This employee may be exposed to unsanitary conditions (i.e. plumbing drains and waste, sewers, showers, laundry rooms) and potentially infectious materials.

Physical Requirements: Some manual labor including lifting and carrying heavy objects, bending, stooping, climbing ladders, crawling, and the ability to operate department equipment is required in this position.